Mock Trial Competition for Grades 3 Through 6

The New Jersey State Bar Foundation invites elementary school students and their teachers to submit original mock trial cases to the Law Fair 2023 Competition. There is no entry fee. The purpose is to promote understanding of the law and our justice system, and to educate students about their rights and responsibilities under the law. Law Fair helps to fulfill civics education requirements, such as New Jersey Learning Standard 6.3.8 CivicsPR.5, engagement in simulated democratic processes which includes judicial proceedings.

For a helpful Law Fair civics curriculum guide prepared by past winning teachers, click here.

To download the Law Fair 2022-2023 Competition Rules Booklet, click here.

The deadline to enter is January 31, 2023. Entries must be received on or before this date. Please remember to read the competition booklet carefully and follow the rules. If you have any questions, please call Sheila Boro at 732-937-7519 or e-mail [email protected].

Case entries are due by January 31, 2023.  To submit your case, click here.

For a quick overview of the competition in a flyer you can share with colleagues, click here.

To learn how to prepare for the competition, click here to register for our FREE workshop on October 28, 2022, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick.  An attorney will explain the elements of a mock trial, teachers who have won the competition will share tips on how to get started with your class and will conduct a case writing exercise.  Professional development hours will be provided.

The Mock Trial Exercises for Grades 3 – 6, featuring winning cases from past Law Fair Competitions, can be downloaded below.

Our Mini-Court Teacher’s Guide for Grades K – 2 also provides background information you can use with your class such as a glossary of legal terms and word searches. To download the guide, click on the following link: k-2-mini-court2000.pdf

For more mock trial exercises, check out our quizzes at this link:  https://njsbf.org/school-based-programs/mock-trial-civics-online-content/

Find out why learning about the law can be both educational and enjoyable by watching this short video.

What is a mock trial anyway?  Watch this brief video to learn about the elements of a mock trial from opening statements to direct and cross-examination to closing arguments.

Check out previous winning cases…click on image to download pdf.